Q3 15:00: Buehler starts the second half of play, sending his kickoff to the Denver 2-yard line. McKinley returns the kick 19-yards, giving the Denver offense the ball at its own 21-yard line.
Q3 14:48: On first down, Moreno is stripped of the ball by Ware and Hamlin recovers, giving the Cowboys’ offense great field position to start their first drive of the second half.
Q3 12:45: After a 9-yard reception by Witten moves the chains for Dallas, Davis tackles choice for a loss of 1-yard on 1st-and-10. On second down, D.J. Williams breaks up a Romo pass intended for Roy Williams, setting up 3rd-and-11 from the Denver 17-yard line.
Q3 12:44: With Denver faithful cheering on their squad before the big third down play, the Cowboys use their first timeout of the half.
Q3 12:43: Correction from the press box. Dallas linebacker Bradie James is now being credited with Dallas’ fumble recovery at the onset of the half.
Q3 12:40: Romo fires deep to the right side of the field, looking for Austin. Instead, Bailey makes a diving catch, recording his first interception of the season and giving the Denver offense the ball at their own 6-yard line.
Q3 11:40: The Broncos are trying to establish the run early in this drive. Buckhalter rushes for 6-yards on first down and then 10-yards on second down, setting up a Denver first down at the 21-yard line.
Q3 10:52: After Orton fumbles the snap on first down, resulting in a 2-yard loss, Anthony Spencer is called for a personal foul face mask penatly on second down, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and a Denver first down.
Q3 09:06: Orton can’t connect with Royal on first down and is sacked by James on second down sefor a loss of 8-yards — setting up third and long. On 3rd and 18, Buckhalter catches a screen pass and rumbles down the left sideline for 17-yards. Facing 4th-and-1, the Broncos elect to punt.
Q3 09:05: Kern’s punt bounces inside the 5-yard line, but the Broncos can’t save the ball from landing in the end zone and the play results in a touchback. The Cowboys will take over at their own 20-yard line.
Q3 08:28: Romo finds Deon Anderson for a gain of 5-yards on first down and Choice finds a hole on the right side of the line, picking up 6-yards and a first down on the very next play.
Q3 07:37: Dumervil records his second sack of the day, bringing Romo down in the backfield for a 4-yard loss.
Q3 06:12: After Romo can’t connect with Choice on a screen pass on second down, he tries a similiar play to Witten. Witten snags the ball in the flat and gains 7-yards but is well short of the first down, forcing a Dallas punt.
Q3 06:11: The Broncos continue to hurt themselves with penalties. After Royal returned McBriar’s 55-yard punt 4-yards to the Denver 15-yard line, Hillis was called for an illegal block above the waist. With the penalty, the Broncos will take over at their own 8-yard line.
Q3 05:51: Buckhalter cuts to his right, going around the edge to gain 7-yards on first down. An officials timeout is called after the play as Buckhalter is helped off the field by two members of the Denver training staff.
Q3 04:24: Filling in for Buckhalter, Moreno skates his way through the middle of the defense for 4-yards and a first down. Orton finds Marshall for a 16-yard reception on the next play, moving the ball to the Denver 35-yard line.
Q3 03:18: Moreno is given the ball on two-straight plays. After slithering through Dallas’ defensive front for 8-yards on first down, Moreno slips on second down, bringing up 3rd-and-1. Moreno gets the ball again on third down, cutting to his left for 5-yards and another Denver first down.
BRONCOS INJURY UPDATE: Correll Buckhalter left the game with an ankle injury and his return is questionable.
Q3 02:08: On 2nd-and-9, Orton connects with Scheffler for a gain of 11, sending Denver into Dallas territory.
Q3 0:45: On 1st-and-10 from the Dallas 39-yard line, LaMont Jordan receivers his first carry of the game, rushing to his left for 3-yards. On the next play, Orton finds Scheffler on the left side of the field for a gain of six, bringing up 3rd-and-1.
Q3 0:06: Moreno is stopped short up the middle of third down. The Broncos elect to go for it on 4th-and-1, sending Darrell Reid into the game as the unit’s fullback. Moreno rushes up the gut but is met by a host of Dallas defenders. After a measurement, the Broncos come up short, giving the Cowboys the ball at their own 3-yard line.
Q3 0:00: After a scoreless third quarter of play, Dallas’ lead remains at three entering the fourth.
Cowboys 10, Broncos 7
Q4 14:52: On the first play of the fourth quarter, Romo finds Crayton for a 1-yard reception. Bailey made a nice open-field tackle on the play to ensure Crayton didn’t go any further with the ball.
Q4 13:47: After Choice rushes for 2-yards on second down, Romo operates out of shotgun on 3rd-and-7. Pressured and hit hard by Woodyard on the play, Romo fires incomplete downfield, forcing fourth down.
Q4 13:32: Royal records his best return of the day, taking McBriar’s punt 15-yards upfield and giving the Broncos’ offensive unit the ball at their own 37-yard line.
Q4 12:46: Looking to his right, Orton finds Scheffler for a gain of 9-yards on first down. Out of shotgun, Orton hands the ball of to Moreno on second down, and the rookie back goes up the gut of the defense for a 10-yard gain.
Q4 12:28: After Denver used its first timeout of the half, Orton fakes a reverse to Royal and looks to the end zone to Gaffney. Orton’s pass misfires, though, bringing up 2nd-and-10.
Q4 11:32: On 2nd-and-10, Marcus Spears sacks Orton for a loss of 7-yards, setting up 3rd-and-17 from the Denver 49-yard line. Orton escapes the pass rush on third and long and shovels the ball off to Graham, who gains 8-yards.
Q4 11:03: Talk about a crazy play. Kern’s punt landed near the goal line and David Bruton appeared to tap the ball out of the end zone. Crayton then snatched the ball at his own 5-yard line and proceeded to head upfield 95-yards for a touchdown. The play, however, was called back as the official ruled that the ball touched the end zone — resulting in a touchback.
Q4 11:09: Romo throws behind Roy Williams on first down at the Dallas 20-yard line. On second down, he fakes the handoff to Choice and throws to Crayton on the left side. Pass interference was called on the play, resulting in a Dallas first down.
Q4 10:22: Choice rumbles for 7-yards on first down. On second down, Choice gets the ball again and races downfield to his right. The play is coming back, however, as Bennett was called for holding on the play.
Q4 9:55: Romo looked to have Crayton open at midfield, but as soon as the wideout got a hand on the ball, Dawkins swarmped in, knocking the ball out of his possession and forcing third and long. On 3rd-and-13, D.J. Williams drilled Roy Williams, forcing the Cowboys to punt.
Q4 9:35: McBriar’s punt sails 60-yards to the Denver 11-yard line. Royal returns the punt 14-yards, giving the Broncos’ offensive unit the ball at their own 25-yard line.
Q4 9:34: Operating out of shotgun on first down, Orton finds Marshall streaking across the field for a gain of 16-yards.
Q4 8:34: After Moreno gains 5-yards on first down, Orton again operates out of shotgun. Buying time in the pocket, Orton finds Royal on the left side of the field for a gain of 12-yards. Jay Ratliff is called for roughin the passer on the play, and the Broncos have the ball at the Dallas 27-yard line.
Q4 7:18: Jordan bursts up the middle for an 11-yard gain, and putting the Broncos in the red zone.
Q4 6:43: After Moreno gains 6-yards on first down and Orton fires incomplete in the direction of Royal on second down, the Broncos — facing 3rd-and-6 from the Dallas 12-yard line — elect to use their second timeout of the half.
Q4 6:02: Operating out of shotgun, Orton fires to Moreno for a gain of 2-yards. Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick made a nice tackle to stop the play and force fourth down. Prater connects on a 28-yard field goal to even the score.
Broncos 10, Cowboys 10
Q4 05:58: Prater launches the kickoff 6-yards deep into the end zone, forcing Austin to take a knee for a touchback.
Q4 05:02: Romo scrambles out of the pocket on first down and connects with Choice for a 6-yard gain on first down. On the next play, Choice gains 6-yards rushing up the middle, resulting in a Dallas first down at the 31-yard line.
Q4 03:14: On 1st-and-10, Romo finds Roy Williams for a 15-yard completion in the middle of the field. Williams extended high to grab that one. After Haggan tackles Choice for a loss of three, Vonnie Holliday records his first sack as a Bronco, bringing up 3rd-and-17.
Q4 02:47: Romo can’t connect deep with Austin on 3rd-and-17 and Dallas is forced to punt it away. Royal returns McBriar’s punt 13-yards, giving the Denver offense the ball at their own 27-yard line.
Q4 02:00: After Orton finds Marshall for 8-yards on first down, Moreno hits a middle hole and rushes upfield for 14-yards. The Broncos are now at their own 49-yard line with two minutes to play in regulation.
Q4 01:44: Orton looks to his right and fires deep to Marshall, who leaps over defender Terrence Newman to make the catch, then jukes his way past multiple Dallas defenders to find his way into the end zone. After all was said and done, the play resulted in a 51-yard touchdown reception for Marshall. Prater connects on the extra point and the Broncos take the lead.
Broncos 17, Cowboys 10
Q4 01:34 Prater booms his kickoff through the back of the end zone. The Cowboys will start at their own 20-yard line.
Q4 01:16 On 3rd-and-7 Jack Williams breaks up a pass intended for Crayton. The Cowboys elect to go for it on fourth down. Romo scrambles away from defenders and finds Hurd for the reception. Hurd speeds downfield for a gain 53-yards. Brian Dawkins save a touchdown by making a tackle at the Denver 20-yard line.
Q4 00:48 After Choice moves the chains on a 13-yard reception, the Cowboys use their second timeout. Hurd catches another pass, this time for 5-yards, and the Cowboys are at the Denver 8-yard line.
Q4 00:09 After the Cowboys used their last timeout, Romo found Crayton for a 6-yard reception. With the ball on the Denver 2-yard line, Romo had to spike the ball. After an incompletion on third down, the Cowboys have one final play.
Q4 00:05 Buying time on 4th-and-goal from the 2-yard line, Romo looks to Hurd in the back of the end zone. With Jack Williams and Champ Bailey in on the coverage, Hurd can’t hold on to the ball and the Broncos are going to improve to 4-0.
Q4 00:00 Kyle Orton kneels and the Broncos improve to 4-0 after a dramatic win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Broncos 17, Cowboys 10
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– Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com